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Directed by Bertrand Blier

1989, in French with English subtitles


91 minutes


Too Beautiful for You

Trop belle pour toi

Director Bertrand Blier shifted focus to a female protagonist in this winner of the Cannes special jury prize. A successful car salesman (Gérard Depardieu) is happily married to his gorgeous wife (Carole Bouquet, actress and longtime face of Chanel, who won a César for this performance), but finds himself falling in love with his rather plain new secretary (Josiane Balasko). The couple learns they share the same feelings and begin an affair. But this particular relationship is harder for his wife—who lives with the burden of people resenting her for her beauty—to accept. The trio periodically addresses the camera directly with their speculations about adultery.

“From the classic triangle, almost farcical, (Blier) tells a shocking story of love through his dreamlike and poetic writing.” —actress Josiane Balasko

Click here for insights about the "Blier/Depardieu" film series from Michael Zilkha, MFAH film committee co-chair.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; and Lynn S. Wyatt.